The World Health Organization has announced that discussions on a draft international treaty on pandemic preparedness and response are scheduled to begin in February 2023.
On Wednesday, the WHO confirmed that member states had agreed to “develop the first draft of a legally binding treaty to protect the world from future pandemics.”
The first meeting on this matter is scheduled for February 23.
This agreement was reached during the meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, held on December 5-7 in Geneva, which unites 194 countries that are part of the World Health Organization.
“Countries have sent a clear message that the world needs to be more prepared and better coordinated to protect people around the world from a repeat of the Covid-19 epidemic,” said Roland Dreis, vice chairman of the agency, Dutch.
The World Health Organization believes that the new treaty will contribute to filling the gaps revealed by the Covid-19 epidemic.